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For money and elders : ritual, sovereignty, and the sacred in Kenya

Author: Robert W Blunt
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Many observers of Kenya's complicated history raise cause for concern, offering critiques of practices such as the use of public office for private gain and a constitutional structure that gives the executive branch lopsided influence. Yet efforts from critics and academics to diagnose the country's problems do not often consider what these fiscal and political issues mean to ordinary Kenyans. How do Kenyans express  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert W Blunt
ISBN: 9780226655611 022665561X 9780226655758 022665575X
OCLC Number: 1129356756
Description: 239 pages 22 cm
Contents: Kenyatta's lament: the transformation of ritual ideologies in colonial Kenya --
Inflationary rituals: the Mau Mau rebellion --
Old age and money: the general numismatics of independent Kenya --
"Satan is an imitator": Kenya's recent cosmology of corruption --
Corruptus interruptus: the limits of transactional imaginaries of Moi's Kenya --
(Not) seeing is believing: ethnicity, trauma, and the senses in Kenya's 2007 postelection violence.
Responsibility: Robert W. Blunt.

Abstract:

Many observers of Kenya's complicated history raise cause for concern, offering critiques of practices such as the use of public office for private gain and a constitutional structure that gives the executive branch lopsided influence. Yet efforts from critics and academics to diagnose the country's problems do not often consider what these fiscal and political issues mean to ordinary Kenyans. How do Kenyans express their own political understandings, make sense of governance, and articulate what they expect from their leaders? In For Money and Elders, Robert Blunt addresses these questions by turning to the political, economic, and religious signs in circulation in Kenya today. He examines Kenyans attempt to make sense of political instability caused by the uncertainty of authority behind everything from currency to title deeds. When the symbolic order of a society is up for grabs, he shows, violence may seem like an expedient way to enforce the authority of signs. Drawing on fertile concepts of sovereignty, elderhood, counterfeiting, acephaly, and more, Blunt explores phenomena as diverse as the destabilization of ritual "oaths," public anxieties about Satanism with the advent of democratic reform, and contemporary mistrust of state currency. The result is a fascinating glimpse into Kenya's past and present and a penetrating reflection on meanings of violence in African politics.

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